HOUSTON -- Lance Berkman isn't the only player on the Cardinals' roster making a return trip to his old stamping ground. St. Louis infielder/outfielder Matt Carpenter was born in Galveston, south of Houston, and attended high school near Dallas before attending TCU.
The "Matt Carpenter Fan Club" is expected to be in full force throughout the weekend series.
"Yeah, a little bit," Carpenter said. "Obviously this is where I grew up, right here in the Houston area. I still have a lot of friends and family who live in the area. So it's always nice to come home and play in front of them.
"Last year I was here, and it was like 25 people told me they were coming to the game, and 50 show up."
Carpenter said he doesn't get a big request for tickets, however.
"Most of my friends and people I grew up with, they don't want to bother me or distract me from the game," he said. "So they kind of take care of tickets for themselves.
"It's fun to be home and getting to play in front of them. You're not going to try to do anything different. You just play your game. It's just nice to be back."